Have you been wondering what’s going on with your lips? Is it an oral health issue, you wonder? Perhaps they are feeling a bit parched. This may come up as the result of multiple issues. For instance, your entire body may be dehydrated, which means your lips are lacking in moisture, too. Or, the weather may have turned quite dry or cold, leaving you with dry skin and uncomfortable lips. Allow us to help you identify the problem, so you can address the source and enjoy the relief you seek.
So, you know which type of toothbrush you should use to ensure you enjoy excellent dental hygiene and oral health. You also know that it’s important that you brush your teeth twice daily (for the rest of your life!) to protect your smile. What you might not know, though, is that there’s a right way to clean your toothbrush. There are also a lot of unnecessary suggestions out there that might make you question your efforts. Let’s clear up the confusion with some fast facts.
Dental crowns have been around for centuries, but porcelain crowns weren’t introduced until the 1800s. Veneers, on the other hand, have only been around since the mid-1930s. However, both of these dental restorations have become extremely popular, especially since the 1980s when actors like Jim Carrey, and numerous others, began having complete smile makeovers. Because these two types of dental restorations can resolve many of the same issues, you may wonder how to decide which will work best for your particular situation. Although your dentist will help you make the final decision, when it comes to deciding between crowns and veneers here are some things you should know.
The adverse affect smoking has on oral health has been established for many years. As a cosmetic tooth whiteness issue: tobacco products of all kinds (this includes smoking, dipping, chewing, and smoking cigars and pipes) will discolor teeth. Nicotine is a factor in dry mouth, which increases the chance of tooth decay. Many smokers are looking for ways to lessen smoking’s impact on their general health, and their oral health. Have you wondered if using marijuana (where it is legal) or e-cigarettes (vaping) affects your oral health? (more…)
Good oral health is about more than just brushing and flossing your teeth on a tight schedule. What you consume, and the order in which you consume it, has a significant influence on the forces that harm your teeth and your ability to defend against them. For instance, you may have heard for most of your life that eating too much candy can rot your teeth. Today, we explain the other side of how food can affect your oral health by exploring how drinking milk can help you prevent cavities. (more…)
We are always pleased to learn that our patients are flossing and even more pleased when they check in to find out if they’re doing a good job. So, if you were worried that asking about your approach is something to be embarrassed about, don’t be! Even if you confess you haven’t flossed in quite some but that you would like to begin (and would like to do it well), you can expect our full support. Now, about making sure your flossing is beneficial to your oral health – give us a minute to answer some common questions.
Do you know that it’s very important to brush your teeth every day – but you worry that your knowledge on this dentistry topic ends there? Don’t be embarrassed! If you are dedicated to your dental hygiene, then you’re already on the right track. You just need some clarification regarding how you should approach this aspect of preventive care to ensure you’re seeing the results you want. Ready to effectively remove plaque and protect your smile? Let’s explore teeth brushing!
Your teeth can stain for a wide variety of reasons, including naturally from age and the foods you eat. While there are a variety of cosmetic dental treatments that can erase your teeth’s blemishes, understanding the mechanisms that stain your teeth can help you prepare and protect your smile. For your smile’s sake, we examine how dark-pigmented foods and beverages leave their impression on your teeth. (more…)
Tooth decay is an infection in your tooth that results from excessive plaque and tartar, and cavities are the holes that form in your teeth as tooth decay spreads. When you understand tooth decay, you can more effectively prevent it, and prevent cavities from destroying your healthy tooth structure (or costing you a tooth). If decay does develop, then your dentist may spot it early enough during a routine checkup and cleaning to treat the cavity before it becomes a significant problem. (more…)
The American Dental Association recommends adults and children undergo a routine dental exam once every six months. Why do we need dental exams? Why are simple checkups so vital for our overall oral health? When should you schedule your next checkup?